Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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The Spanish style home is typical of the local architecture in San Juan Capistrano (pop. 34,593), located in southern Orange County along the coast. The city is most identified with the Roman Catholic mission founded here in 1776 by the Franciscan Order of Spanish Catholics, and unfortunately named after Italian saint Giovanni da Capistrano (1386-1456), who one historian has identified as a mass murderer of Polish Jews! Another historic note: The San Miguel Mission (1610-1626) in Santa Fe is the oldest church mission in the continental U.S. Because of the mission, San Juan Capistrano boasts several firsts for California: The Serra Chapel at the mission is the oldest in-use building in the state; Los Rios is the state's oldest residential neighborhood (if you disregard the Native American settlements); and the city can lay claim to the first California vineyard and winery. Client Goals The landscape architect, Yvonne English of Legends Design Studio, was asked to design the exterior of this property after the home experienced a devastating flood. San Juan Capistrano Landscape Architecture by Legends Design Studio, Inc., Yvonne English Above: The owners of this home in San Juan Capistrano, California, wanted a landscape that would provide proper drainage, as their home has experienced a devastating flood. Yvonne English of Legends Design Studio created a formal front yard, with the terrain becoming more natural as it approaches the coastal hillside to the rear of the home. Left: The redesign of the front entry included the creation of a shade garden along the entrance walk. A custom arch with lighting was added over the entrance pillars, and a second arched trellis allows access to the side yard. The entrance courtyard includes a quatrefoil-based fountain, decomposed granite spaces, citrus trees and a espaliered Grewia plant trained into a diamond pattern climbing the front chimney. Calif. Residence Located in a unique equestrian area of San Juan Capistrano, this 20,000 square foot property rests at the edge of nearby 1000 foot high hills and the La Rhonda Trail. It is an open and peaceful environment visited by deer, racoons and other wildlife. 52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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